Things To Do In Cincinnati This Weekend: Dec. 12 – Dec. 16

If you're looking for things to do in Cincinnati this weekend, you've come to the right place. We're breaking down all the best events happening in the Tri-State this weekend, Dec. 12 - Dec. 16



Rent: 20th Anniversary Tour

20 years after opening on Broadway, the immensely popular show is coming to the Queen City on a special anniversary tour. Don’t miss your chance to see Rent at the Aronoff Center now through Dec. 23.

When: Wednesday through Dec. 23

Where: Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown

Cost: $31

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Cincinnati Ballet: The Nutcracker

The Cincinnati Ballet’s most popular show of the year has finally returned! Going to the Nutcracker is pretty much a required Cincinnati tradition. With the fantastic score and amazing costumes, what’s not to love?

When: Wedenesday through Dec. 24

Where: Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine


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Dave Waite

Dave Waite at Go Bananas Comedy Club

Now living in Los Angeles, Cincy’s very own Dave Waite got his start at Go Bananas. This weekend, he’s back home and guaranteed to be “hot doggin” it every show. With appearances on Comedy Central, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and more, his show is always one of the best.

When: Thursday – Sunday

Where: Go Bananas, 8410 Market Pl Lane, Montgomery

Cost: $8 – $14

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Get ready for the loudest Christmas concert in Cincy, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra is back! Ask anyone who’s been to this show and they’ll tell you it’s something you’ve gotta check out at least once (but probably a bunch of times, really).

When: Friday, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Where: US Bank Arena, Downtown

Cost: Tickets start at $41.50

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Festival of Lights

PNC Festival of Lights

When in doubt, spend a night at the Cincinnati Zoo for the Festival of Lights. This immensely popular show continues through Dec. 31 so make some time to get out there and enjoy the lights with some hot chocolate in your hand.

When: Now through Dec. 31

Where: Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St, Avondale

Cost: $17.50

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star wars night

Star Wars Night with the Cincinnati Cyclones

Embrace your inner mega-fan at Star Wars night with the Cincinnati Cyclones this Saturday. For families, it’s absolutely one of the best games to go to all season packed with costumes, themed music, jerseys and more.

When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Where: US Bank Arena, Downtown

Cost: $15

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Cincinnati Black Santa Visits

Santa is making his way to the art museum this Saturday! Take your kids, make sure they’ve got a good list and more importantly, make sure they’re on the nice list!

When: Saturday, 12 p.m.

Where: Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams

Cost: Free

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Gary Owen

Gary Owen at the Taft Theater

Cincy’s very own Gary Owen is back at the Taft Theater for a night of laughs. If you’ve never seen him live, don’t miss your chance to see why he’s one of Cincy’s top comedians.

When: Saturday, 8 p.m.

Where: Taft Theatre, 317 East 5th St., Downtown

Cost: Tickets start at $28

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A Christmas to Remember Craft and Vendor Show

Head up to Goshen on Saturday for a day filled with crafts, vendors, boutique items and plenty of Santa sightings.

When: Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: Heritage Hall and Banquet Center, 1705 St. Rt 28, Goshen

Cost: Free

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Bengals vs. Raiders at PBS

It’s the last home game of the season, and the Bengals could, possibly, maybe win against the Oakland Raiders. Don’t miss your last chance of the season to check out a game!

When: Sunday, 1 p.m.

Where: Paul Brown Stadium, Downtown

Cost: Tickets start at $43

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Holiday Cheer

Holiday Cheer at the American Sign Museum

Stop by the American Sign Museum for a day of holiday treats, music and even a “create your own sign” exhibit for the kids.

When: Sunday, 12 p.m.

Where: American Sign Museum, 1330 Monmouth Ave., Camp Washington

Cost: Free

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